Official Website of Film "One Knight with the King" on King Xerxes & Esther
Film starring Omar Sharif and Peter O'Toole on Persian
King Xerxes and Queen Esther.
By 'chance' she is born with exceeding beauty to a people who have been carried away as slaves to the most powerful kingdom in the world. By 'chance' her parents are killed while she is young leaving her to be taken in by her uncle, a man who has found favor as a royal scribe. By 'chance' the Queen is executed by the unknowing King, spurned on by the ruthless plotting of palace princes hungry for power. By 'chance' the King is left feeling alone, pushed and prodded, desperate to live up to and avenge the battles of his father. By 'chance' Esther is carted off to the palace to become part of the Kingís harem at the same time a vengeful young prime minister with the Kingís ear is rising to prominence with a plan for orchestrating the genocide of her people.
So begins the story of Esther, "One Night With the King," a story that reveals that all of life is under God's command. Power, position and prominence are one thing, but when Esther must choose between all she's ever dreamed of and the fate of her people, will she be able to find the courage to step forward and embrace her destiny?
Ridley Scott belongs to a category of blessed directors who have the talent of combining visually stunning cinematography with a great art of storytelling. A true craftsman, he loves nothing more than "creating worlds" as he often reiterates in his interviews.
New York, Wednesday May 4th, 2005 -- The creators of Babak and Friends -- A First Norooz won the New York University Business Plan Competition. The team, which applied to the competition in late October of 2004, participated in four rounds of competition with 120 other teams. Norooz Productions won the sum of $30,000 and plans to use the money towards the creation of future products for the company.
Two Iranian films screened at Hong Kong Film Festival
During the two-week festival, two feature films from the renowned Iranian film director, Abbas Kiarostami, including `Ten' and `Five' went on screen at the section of selected film producers.
The screening session of Kia Rostami's movies was attended by a number of artists, film analysts, students majoring in cinema and fans of this international Iranian film producer.
Hassan Yektapanah's `The Blue Bird' was also screened at the festival's Non-commercial Film Section.
Iran's Ambassador to Hong Kong, Reza Aqa Razi, who was invited by Hong Kong Ministry of Culture, also attended the screening session of the Iranian films.
On the sidelines of the 29th Hong Kong International Film Festival, the festival's staff in a meeting with a number of Iranian cultural and cinematic officials, lauded the status of Iranian cinema on the regional and international scenes.
Hong Kong International Film Festival, which was held for the first time in 1977, has been annually arranged in the area ever since. The festival is arranged jointly by cultural and economic institutions, including the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
The 28th Hong Kong International Film Festival, which was held last year, mainly focused on comic films, during which the letter of association for exchange of Hong Kong's professional films with the world countries was drawn up.
During last year's festival in Hong Kong, Kia Rostami's `Ten' and Manijeh Hekmat's `Women's Prison' went on screen.
Fardin and Burt Lancaster TAKE A LOOK
Incredible! how much he looks like Burt Lancaster at
different ages. In addition the incredible thing is that both actors
started off as Sportsman. Lancaster was an acrobat in the circus and
started acting at 32. As for Fardin he was a wrestler. Both were sex
icons adulated by Men and Women alike.
Iranian Film "One Night" to compete at Cannes Film Festival
Karimi first became popular in Iran for her role in Behruz Afkhamis hit film Bride in 1990. She then appeared in several movies of Iranian filmmakers Dariush Mehrjuii and Ebrahim Hatamikia.
She made her directorial debut with the short film To Have or to Have Not.
In other Cannes news, director Mohammad Rasulofs Iron Island will be representing the Iranian motion picture industry in the Directors Fortnight section of the festival, and Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami will head the Caméra d'Or jury this year.
Iranian American Director Kayvan
Mashayekh of the "The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam"
seen here with British Star Vanessa Redgrave on the set of this film.
photo courtesy Guide Company Films Inc.
Iranian directors Reza Badiyi latest production as co-producer: Gilgamesh
Max Ryan, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Robert Davi, Costas
Mandylor, Valentina Cervi,
Documentary on youth in Iran :"Coming Out: The Youth of Iran'
director: Yasmin Vossoughian
Navid Negahban has a number of roles to his credit, including Iranian Director Ladan Yalzadeh's The Florist.
Director Rabeah Ghaffari of Films: "Neyshapoor" &"The Troupe
Rabeah Ghaffari daughter of actor Mohammed Ghaffari
( Little Odessa, The Devils Advocate starring Kennu Reeves and Al Pacino)
is the director of the documentary "The Troupe" about a Ta'ziyeh
troupe's journey from Iran to New York's Lincoln Center where they reunite
with their director, Mohammad Ghaffari, after 23 years and set upon
mounting three "Ta'ziyehs" for an American audience.
Plot Summary for
Iranian Omid Djalili Stars in much acclaimed "SKY CAPTAIN OF TOMORROW"
Iranian actor Omid Djalili Stars in Sky Captain of tomorrow
a sci Fi adventure which is entirely filmed in computer graphics except
for the actors. It is considered a revolutionary breakthrough from a
technical and artistic perspective. Also star Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow
and Angelina Jolie. Djalili has already starred in blockbuster films
like The Mummy and Gladiator and was cast as Picasso in film Modigliani
with Cuban American Andy Carcia in the title role.
Iranian Director Abbas
Kiarostami and British Ken Loach have teamed to make a film called
"Tickets" a sort of sketch Comedy presented at the 2005 Berlin
Film Festival: See Full cast and article
The first problem which arises is how the three auteurs managed to work together, how they succeeded to do separate films within the same structure. Both filmmakers present at the discussion Loach and Kiarostami argued that everybody made his own movie. There is no other way of working, you have to follow the internal logic of your own subject, Loach said. Kiarostami added that real communication between them begun only when linking the parts together. Not only three directors, but three different cultures and languages were brought together for the movie. For Kiarostami, the shooting proved that language is not the most important thing because you can communicate with your physionomy, with your faces and with your eyes. So cultural differences can be overcome.
Asked about the element common to all
three directors, Loach said: What we share is the attempt to reduce
things to the simplest way of explaining something. Reducing and clarifying
is not what you see in most films which tend to exaggerate, to make
things dramatic. That kind of simplicity, clarity and economy is something
we would like to share.
We can't ignore that this movie especially Loach's segment has political connotations, so this question appeared during the discussion too. The English director talked about the gesture of the Celtic fans who shared what they had with the Albanian refugees. He compared this to the reaction of the world to the tsunami appeal. He argued that everybody put his hand in the pocket, because all of this was encouraged by the media and politicians, but nobody does the same thing with the people killed in Iraq.
Three styles are put together in the same small world of a train and, despite the differences, something seems to unite the visions.
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Ramin Niami's first feature as a director was Somewhere in the City (1997) ( http://www.mostra.org/21/english/films/algum-i.htm )starring Ornella Mutti Sandra Bernhard, Robert John Burke, Bai Ling and Peter Stormare, which was screened at over 25 international film festivals. Niami was born in Teheran, Iran, and has worked as a director and producer in the U.S., UK and Europe on over twenty television documentaries, dramatic shorts and television commercials, many of them broadcast by the BBC and Channel Four in the UK and major US networks as well as PBS.
Niami also produced Amir Naderi's feature film Manhattan By Numbers, which was shot in New York and appeared in many film festivals such as Venice, Toronto and New Directors / New Films (New York). He directed and produced the award wining music video Follow Your Heart's Desire performed by Pure Fe. A New York resident for 14 years, Niami was a part-time faculty member for filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2002, where he taught directing and editing of digital video at USC's Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts.
His new feature film Paris starring Bai
Ling, Chad Allen, and James Russo, shot on Digital Video transferred
to 35mm, was filmed in LA, Death Valley and Las Vegas and premiered
in competition at the Tribecca Film Festival New York in 2003.
LONDON, UK.- Abbas Kiarostami will transform one of the V&A's galleries into a forest this spring as part of the festival celebrating the work of the Iranian artist and filmmaker. Kiarostami will also be 'In Conversation' with British film director, Mike Leigh, at the V&A.
Abbas Kiarostami is the most internationally celebrated Iranian cultural figure of the past century. A prolific and critically-acclaimed filmmaker, artist, photographer and poet, his work is visually simple and conceptually complex.
The V&A will show new works by Kiarostami as part of a London-wide
programme of events celebrating the achievements of the artist and his
impact on contemporary culture and society both inside and outside Iran.
Frank Millers 300, the graphic novel about ancient Persia and Greece, will be heading to the big screen under the helm of Zach Snyder.
The underlying theme of the story is the birth of democracy in ancient Greece.
"Set in the midst of the Persian-Greco war, the project revolves around the Battle of Thermopylae, where Spartan king Leonidas led his army of 300 soldiers into battle against the invading Persian army," according to Hollywood Reporter. "According to legend, their valor and sacrifice inspired all of Greece to unite against their Persian foe, leading to the origins of democracy."
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